Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for most teenagers. For parents, however, it can be a scary time. Parents worry about their children’s safety, and for good reason. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities among drivers 15 to 20 years of age. Many of these car accidents can be avoided if teens concentrate on the road ahead and make safety a priority by following some simple tips every time they get behind the wheel.
Take a moment to review the following tips with your teen driver.
Take an accredited driver’s education course. This can help give your teen driver more confidence and an ability to react quicker to unexpected situations.
Do not use your cell phone. Studies show that using a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. This includes the use of a hands-free device.
Do not text while driving. Texting is one of the leading causes of car wrecks among teen drivers. Research shows that the average text causes a driver to look away from the road for 4.6 seconds. Texting at a red light or a stop sign should also be prohibited as it prevents the driver from noticing important developments that may occur around them.
Always keep your headlights on. Having your headlights on increase your visibility, so it is recommended that you have them on at all times, particularly at dusk and at dawn when other drivers may have trouble seeing you.
Obey the speed limit. Speeding is one of the main causes of fatal teen accidents. Even if other drivers are speeding, always obey the speed limit.
Avoid distractions. Even the slightest distraction, such as eating, drinking, or changing the radio station, can cause an inexperienced teen driver to cause a serious accident. Keep your attention focused on the road at all times.
Limit passengers. The more passengers there are in the car, the higher the risk of an accident.
Consider taking a defensive driving course. This can help teens become safer, more responsible drivers. In addition, some insurance companies will offer discounts for an approved defensive driving course.
Choose a safe car. Make sure that your new driver is driving a car that is equipped with the latest safety features.
Keep your car well-maintained. This is an important step in keeping your teen driver safe. An experienced mechanic can check things like brakes, tires, headlights, windshield wipers, and anything else that may affect the car’s safety.
Teach your teen what to do if there is an accident. Accidents happen, but if your teen knows what to do, and who to call if an accident occurs, it can make the situation less stressful.
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